Charlotte: Toyota teams race notes, quotes

Kyle Busch (third) and David Reutimann (fifth) earned top-five finishes in tonight's 600-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Charlotte Motor Speedway for Toyota. Camry drivers Joey Logano (13th), Denny Hamlin (18th), Martin Truex Jr.

Kyle Busch (third) and David Reutimann (fifth) earned top-five finishes in tonight's 600-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Charlotte Motor Speedway for Toyota.

Camry drivers Joey Logano (13th), Denny Hamlin (18th), Martin Truex Jr. (23rd), Casey Mears (29th), Scott Speed (30th), Robby Gordon (33rd), Marcos Ambrose (36th), Joe Nemechek (39th), Todd Bodine (40th), Michael McDowell (42nd) and Dave Blaney (43rd) were also in the field.

Busch remains in second-place in the unofficial NSCS point standings following the race at Charlotte -- 29 points behind leader Kevin Harvick. Busch and Hamlin (fifth) are currently in the top-12 in points, with Truex (14th), Logano (18th) and Reutimann (19th) also in the top-20 for Toyota.


KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 3rd

What did Jeff Burton say to you at the end of the race? "He (Jeff Burton) said I didn't race him very nicely. He said I ran into him and I don't know what I could have done to have made that work without touching. His teammate, the 33 (Clint Bowyer) made me three-wide getting into (turn) one. I held it as tight as I could on the 33 trying to stay off the 31 (Jeff Burton). I guess all that nice respect stuff that he talked about earlier this week is out the window. I guess that's how I race everybody. Let's forget about that. This was an awesome night by these guys and this team. Dave Rogers (crew chief) did a phenomenal job helping me and getting me a car that I could come back through the field like that. We were really off when I made contact on pit road. Can't thank M&M's Pretzels enough, NOS Energy Drink, Interstate Batteries, Toyota and everybody that helped us tonight."

How was the car in tonight's race? "It was a great night for us. The car was good and in the beginning it was really fast. I came up there and we got the lead and unfortunately we got caught on pit road there with some accidents and stuff. None of nobody's doing, just congestion I guess. We made it through that and we had a solid third-place day out of it so that was cool."

Do you feel like you make a lot of comebacks in races? "Yeah, in the Cup cars it seems all I do at this place anyway. I think I finished third the fall race a few years ago in the 5 car. We had to come back from some adversity there, too. Real proud of the way that we did. I can't say that we could have asked for a better finish. The 2 (Kurt Busch) and 1 (Jamie McMurray) were just so stout. They were unbelievable. They were yarding us by two and a half 10ths a lap at least the last run of the race. Lucky to hold off the 5 (Mark Martin) and the 24 (Jeff Gordon). I don't know where we should have finished, but probably 10th to 12th with what we had. We made some bold moves on restarts. Guys did an awesome job on pit road that got me the track position."

How has your working relationship progressed with Dave Rogers? "I think Dave (Rogers, crew chief) and I have a great working relationship. I did with Steve (Addington). You know, things just didn't seem to click as well with him as they are now. I think Dave has done a really, really nice job. He came into this deal not knowing a whole lot about these cars. He's really gone to work, learned, made a lot of sacrifices. I can't thank him enough for doing it. His family has made sacrifices. He hasn't been home a whole lot. Pretty proud of the way our results are paying off. This is why you work as hard as you do."

How do you feel about your chances to make the Chase? "I feel really good about where we're at. I feel we've had a lot -- at the beginning of the year, started out a little slow. Had some 20th-place finishes, teens, stuff like that. Now recently the last six or seven, we've clicked off some top 10, top fives in a row. We had a win last week at Dover, third place here. Now we go to the summer stretch. Some of the racetracks I don't excel that well, next week at Pocono, for instance. Hopefully we can get some good runs at those places, keep our momentum going of what we have so far this year."


DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Armed Forces Foundation Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 5th

How was your car today? "We fought being tight in the center and we never could quite get to the center like we needed to. We were a little off and all you have to do is just be a little bit off to not be able to get to those guys. Sometimes we would catch them in the long run. It seemed like we were just one adjustment behind, but my guys did a great job. I'm proud of everybody. Rodney Childers (crew chief) and everybody did a great job all day with great pit stops. We just want to move on and get to the next one."

How did your car handle in the race and specifically at the end of the race? "All in all I'm proud of my team, they did a great job. I had a great Aaron's Dream Machine all day. We just were a little tight at the end. We came down pit road and the 99 (Carl Edwards) was leaving and we were trying to get in our box and just wrong place at the wrong time. It cost us a lot on pit road there. I don't think it cost us the race, but I think it cost us being a little higher in the top-five. I'm proud of what we've done, proud of my team. I'm glad that my other owner, Rob Kaufmann is here because he doesn't get to watch me race much. Hopefully he's happy and I'll get to keep my job another year."

Is your recent performance where you feel your team should be finishing? "Absolutely. We've been on par performance wise and we've been way ahead of where we were last year. We just had some stuff early on in the year that put us back. Now things are starting to click and things are starting to gel, things aren't breaking and we're starting to finish races where we're supposed to. It feels really good to run up front all day with the guys you're supposed to be racing with."


JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 13th

How did your car handle as the race went from day to night? "We were good in the daytime and we had our car good, but as it got dark we just didn't keep up good enough. I don't know, we were just tight the whole night. We made typical air pressure and wedge adjustments. We just didn't do a good enough job fixing it. We really expected more when we came here because we usually run good here -- 13th isn't what we wanted, but it is what it is. When you come here and expect to run top-10 or top-five -- we did in the beginning of the race. Maybe next year we need to worry more about the night in practice and know what we have to do more because it seemed like it changed a lot."


DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 18th

What did you see when Jimmie Johnson hit the wall in front of you? "It looked like he was struggling right there. He was running the high line and I saw him kind of get loose in the corner. Then on corner exit he was back steering, trying to catch up to it. When he hit the fence, I thought he was just going to stay up there, but he didn't. We were coming 30 miles-per-hour faster and he pulled down right in the middle of the race track. I was either going to clobber him in the left rear or have to go through the grass. It just ruined our day. It's tough because I really felt like we had a car that could win today. We never really got to show the speed. We were just waiting and biding our time."

What can you do when another driver wrecks right in front of you? "There's not much you can do about it. If someone does have a problem in front of you then everything happens so fast that you just don't have time to correct and don't have time to make the right decision all the time. It's definitely not the way we wanted to end our 600, but we know we're going to a bunch of strong tracks ahead of us and hopefully we can get some more wins and rack up in the win column."


MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 56 NAPA Batteries Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 23rd

CASEY MEARS, No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team
Finishing Position: 29th

SCOTT SPEED, No. 82 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team
Finishing Position: 30th

ROBBY GORDON, No. 7 Toyota Camry, Robby Gordon Motorsports
Finishing Position: 33rd

MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Kingsford-Bush's Beans Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing
Finishing Position: 36th

JOE NEMECHEK, No. 87 Toyota Camry, NEMCO Motorsports
Finishing Position: 39th

TODD BODINE, No. 64 Toyota Camry, Gunselman Motorsports
Finishing Position: 40th

MICHAEL MCDOWELL, No. 55 Toyota Camry, PRISM Motorsports
Finishing Position: 42nd

DAVE BLANEY, No. 66 Toyota Camry, PRISM Motorsports
Finishing Position: 43rd

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Michael Waltrip , Todd Bodine , Kevin Harvick , Joe Nemechek , Robby Gordon , Kurt Busch , Casey Mears , Jimmie Johnson , Jamie McMurray , Michael McDowell , Marcos Ambrose , Scott Speed , David Reutimann , Martin Truex Jr. , Carl Edwards , Clint Bowyer , Denny Hamlin , Dave Blaney , Joey Logano , Kyle Busch , Mark Martin
Teams Red Bull Racing , Michael Waltrip Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing , Robby Gordon Motorsports , NEMCO Motorsports